The summer of 2016 was a record breaking one for inbound visitors to the UK. Our Tourism sector has gone from strength to strength with retailers, accommodation providers and tour operators showing more people a good time in the capital and around the country.
Four amazing towns and cities across the North of England were shortlisted to host the Great Exhibition of the North in 2018. Along with Bradford, Blackpool and Sheffield, the people of Newcastle-Gateshead got behind their hometowns to celebrate what’s great about their art, culture and design.
Newcastle-Gateshead were the overall winners and we’re looking forward to see them bring their ideas to life in 2018
This year marked 100 years since The Battle Of Jutland, the biggest naval battle of the First World War. People remembered members of the navy who gave up their lives, with a special ceremony on the Orkney islands in June.
Jack Cornwell was one of the many sailors fatally wounded at the Battle of Jutland and became the youngest ever recipient of the Victoria Cross – Britain’s highest military honour – for his bravery under fire.
Marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, The British Library held a special exhibition and series of events in April this year to celebrate the life and work of England’s most famous playwright.
#Libraries #Shakespeare #Arts #ShakespeareLives
Minister for Culture Matt Hancock welcomed over 40 cultural delegations and 60 speakers from around the world to the biggest and most diverse Edinburgh International Culture summit ever.
British tennis player Andy Murray became World Number One in the ATP rankings.
He won Wimbledon, retained his Olympic gold medal and finished the season as the only British man to become #No1 seed.
Cornwall was one of the regions that received a boost in visitors this year, with series such as Poldark showing off the beautiful beaches and wild landscapes
#Tourism #Poldark #VisitEngland
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Congratulations to Sarah Hunter who won the Women’s World Rugby player of the year award this year
We continued to remember all those who fought and died in World War One during this centenary year. Commemorative events and services were held to remember the Battle of the Somme on the day it began 100 years ago.
72,000 men had died by the end of 1 July 1916.
#Remembrance #WeRemember #LestWeForget #WW1